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Today's LessonCATEGORY: Japanese English


  • Earrings are jewelry that you wear on your ears.

    Pierced earrings are earrings that you attach to your ear through a small hole in the ear. Clip-on earrings can be attached without making a hole in the ear.

    Be careful:
    We do NOT use the word "pierce" like the Japanese ピアス to mean pierced earrings.
  • earrings  は、耳飾り全般をさします。

    pierced earrings  は、耳にあけた小さな穴に通してつける耳飾り、つまりピアスのことです。clip-on earrings  は、穴をあけずに耳をはさむタイプの耳飾りです。

    日本語の「ピアス」のように pierce と言っただけでは  pierced earrings  の意味にはなりません。


  1. The nicest gift I've ever gotten from my boyfriend was a pair of 10-karat gold earrings.
  2. MAN: Do you like it when men wear earrings?
    WOMAN: It really depends on the man. Some guys look really cool with an earring.
  3. Don't you think Amy's still too young for pierced earrings?  Why don't you just buy her a pretty pair of clip-ons?
  4. One problem with clip-on earrings is that they can slip off easily and so are easily lost.

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